Redefining success

In March this year, stories on Dezeen and the Architects' Journal revealed the existence of unpaid and gruelling internships at the office of Japanese architect Junya Ishigami.[1][2] A leaked email offer stipulated thirteen hour days and six day weeks, and required interns to bring their own computers and software. The article was inspired by the... Continue Reading →

A better AIA

Last month, I wrote an article asking why I'm a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. I acknowledged that the principle reasons are altruistic: the AIA allows me to participate in my profession; it forges a strong profession; and it articulates ambition for our collective future. I also acknowledged that while there is of course a... Continue Reading →

Interview with Jo Noero

Jo Noero is the principal architect of Noero Architects, based in Cape Town, South Africa. Noero is renown for his work within the shack settlements of South African cities, and is as outspoken on issues of ethics, professionalism and the built environment as his projects are engaging. Noero visited Australia recently to present a lecture for the... Continue Reading →

Why working for free is not okay

Last week a recent architecture graduate from the University of Melbourne, Graham Bennett, asked via Twitter what his social network thought about working for free. The barrage of responses from architects and commentators, myself included, was rapid and a little outraged: It’s illegal. Claire Hosking It’s both illegal and illogical: if a practice needs you... Continue Reading →

MAXXI Museum

What is it? The MAXXI National Museum of Art from the 21st Century is a recently completed and much lauded project by Zaha Hadid in Rome. So far, it has won the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize and, just last month, the 2010 World Architecture Festival World Building of the Year award, both prestigious and well-contested accolades.... Continue Reading →

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